How much voltage/current gets through an ESC

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zemanekj

Joined Jan 31, 2019
58
I've been looking all over the place and can't seem to find a solid answer. My question is - how much voltage/current gets through an ESC to a brushless motor? More specifically, I'm pretty sure the current varies with the load, but the voltage doesn't? For example, if I have an 11.1v battery with 60 amp potential, the motor will receive 11.1 volts and a variable amount of current depending on the load? Is this correct?
 

djsfantasi

Joined Apr 11, 2010
6,803
In general, yes!
A common misconception, of which I’m pretty sure you aren’t making, is that a load only draws the current it needs. That is, if you have a 12V 5A power supply, the load doesn’t get 5A. That rating doesn’t represent what is forced into a load; it is the maximum current the supply CAN give.
 

Chris65536

Joined Nov 11, 2019
225
The average voltage will change with the speed controller setting. The amps drawn are proportional to the torque the motor is loaded with.
 
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